Tony Smith has named an unchanged side, with Scott Murrell getting a seat on the coach as eighteenth man. With the recent departures of McDonald and Botham you could be forgiven for being concerned about our strength in depth in the pack, but we have to keep the faith with the Smith/Hetherington team which has brought us so much recent success.
On the injury front it looks like Nick Scruton may be fit in time for next weeks home game against Wigan, and with Matt Diskin about to begin his return to match fitness (probably with the U21's) we will soon be back to full compliment.
Shane McNally has decided to bring out the 'big guns' for the visit of the World Champions and has named a handy looking eighteen. The side is; Halpenny, Demetriou, Domic, Tadulala, Rooney, Jeffries, Griffin, March, Korkidas, Solomona, Field, Spicer, Obst, Snitch, MacGillivray, Elima, Field, and Feather.
If anything, it is a slightly stronger side than that which humiliated us in front of an 18,000+ crowd at Headingley earlier in the season.
Three Pussies to watch;
After the wheels coming off the Rhinos bandwagon at Knowsley Road a couple of weeks ago, we got right back on the road again last week with a sensational second half performance and win over Hull FC. Wakefield also picked up a win last week, by 36-24 against Salford, but this followed four successive defeats. That run of losses included a humiliation to basement side Leigh by 40-18 as well as defeats to Hull, Widnes and Warrington. Since that amazing win over us in March, the Wildcats have managed just two victories and are now real relegation prospects just two points above the second drop spot.
We're forecast a dry day and a dry night with a temperature around 18 degrees for kick-off. That will be a relief to the 95% of spectators who will be open to the elements. There are around 1,000 tickets unsold, indicating that the crowd is guaranteed to be 9,000, I just hope that they have more than one turnstile open! Parking will be at a premium with the prospect of a long walk to the ground and back, but it should be a terrific atmosphere.
The bookies have given the Wildcats an eighteen point start, but I'm confident that we can beat them by more than that. The lads will be motivated by revenge after the last meeting, and with the Wildcats seemingly in Superleague freefall, you can't see anything but a big Rhinos win.
Enjoy the game, and don't forget to check out Oldlady's Ground Guide to the ASS!